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Our Guide to Safely Heating Your Home

November 21st, 2022

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During a rough, cold winter in Vermont and New York, what do you most want in your home? Heat, of course. But along with that heat, you also want safety. Modern heating systems are built with safety as a priority, so you don’t need to worry that you have a ticking time bomb in your basement just because you use a gas furnace. But since no heating system can work at 100% safety at all times, it’s essential to know several basic safety precautions to take before and during the winter. 

We’ve provided heater service in Plattsburgh, NY and throughout Northwest Vermont and Northeast New York for more than two decades, so we have the experience and knowledge to help you keep your heating system running safely. Here’s our guide to home heating safety featuring our top tips.

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The Best Ways to Avoid Furnace Repairs This Winter

November 7th, 2022

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Vermont is currently enjoying crisp, cool fall weather. These temperatures are why fall is many people’s favorite time of the year. But it won’t be long before the weather of winter arrives. Many people love our winters as well, but they aren’t much fun without an effective furnace to keep your house comfortable as the thermostat drops below freezing.

We want you to enjoy uninterrupted warmth from your home’s furnace this winter. Our technicians are always available to help you with furnace repair in Burlington, VT, but we know you’d prefer to avoid furnace troubles in the first place. Below is our advice for keeping your furnace working right and without comfort-disrupting malfunctions.

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How Plumbers Can Help Prevent Frozen and Burst Pipes

October 24th, 2022

ice-pattern-on-glassIn any region that get below-freezing temperatures during the winter—and that definitely includes where we live!—pipe freeze is a major plumbing concern. Not only do frozen pipes block water flow and bring part of the plumbing system to a halt, they create the serious threat of the pipes bursting, leading to more expensive repairs and potential water damage.

As a homeowner, you can take several steps to help stop pipe freeze: always keep your home heated to at least 55°F even when you’re away for an extended period; drain outside hoses and detach them from hose bibs for indoor storage; open up under-sink cabinets to allow for airflow around pipes; occasionally drip water from the faucets to relieve pressure and allow water movement. 

You don’t have to go it alone when protecting your pipes in the winter. A professional plumber in Plattsburgh, NY can deliver next-level help when it comes to prevention. If you’re concerned about a pipe-freeze problem this coming winter, here are ways our expert team can help.

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The Top 6 Reasons You Never Want to Miss Heating Maintenance

October 10th, 2022

service-reminder-clockWe always stress with our customers to arrange for heater maintenance in Essex, VT during the fall. This isn’t just because we want your business (although we definitely appreciate it). We know the value of regular heating maintenance and the numerous benefits and savings it brings. We’re not the only people! The US Department of Energy’s ENERGY STAR program also recommends routine maintenance for both heaters and air conditioners. 

If you want more specifics, below we’ve listed the top six reasons never to miss heating maintenance:

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The History of the Garbage Disposal

September 26th, 2022

It’s back-to-school time, and we’re in the mood to dispense with a bit of education ourselves. Today we’re going to look at the history of an important appliance that’s likely in your house, one you probably don’t give much thought to because it’s such an ordinary part of daily life: the garbage disposal. It’s hard to imagine, but there was a time before the convenience of garbage disposals, and there was also a time when garbage disposals were controversial. Yes, really. These in-sink food grinders were a big revolution in kitchen plumbing and waste disposal, and today we’re going to share their story with you.

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6 AC Troubleshooting Tips We Recommend You Know

September 12th, 2022

hand-drawing-check-boxThe late summer is the time when an exhausted air conditioner, strained from handling months of work and still facing hot temperatures, is most likely to suddenly fail. This can feel alarming, but you have great air conditioning repair in Burlington, VT only a call away: Red Rock Mechanical. We offer emergency service to get your AC working once again.

You won’t always need to call for professional repairs, however. In some cases, you can do some basic troubleshooting with your AC and HVAC system and get it working once again. Below we’ve listed six air conditioning troubleshooting tips we think every homeowner should know.

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Why Won’t My AC Shut Off?

August 15th, 2022

blown-awayWhen the weather gets extremely hot, an air conditioner that works all the time sounds great. Well, it sounds great. The truth is that when you have an AC that continues to run long after it’s supposed to have cycled off, you’ll end up with…

  • A house that’s far too cold for comfort
  • Electrical bills that will make your jaw drop
  • An AC that breaks down years too early

When an air conditioner goes nonstop, something is wrong with it. It might be simple, but you may also need to call us for air conditioning repair in Burlington, VT. We’ll look below at some reasons for an AC that just won’t quit.

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Do I Need an Air Purifier or an Air Filter?

August 1st, 2022

pleated-air-filterDepending on your home, you may need both. Air purifiers and air filters aren’t mutually exclusive: you don’t have to choose one and stick with it. Many homes can manage with just a set of the right type of air filters, while others will need to have an air purifier in Williston, VT provide help to their air filters to remove some of the more elusive and difficult-to-trap pollutants. 

If you’re wondering if you need either, the answer is probably yes. Air quality in many homes today is often shockingly poor because there’s not enough fresh air circulation. With more people concerned about the transmission of diseases than ever before, indoor air quality is something all homeowners should look into attempting to improve. Air filters and air purifiers are some of the best ways to get started, as well as among the most effective and affordable.

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Can My Air Conditioner Rust?

July 18th, 2022

old-air-conditionerThe simple answer to the question is “yes.” An air conditioner contains numerous metal components, many of which can rust because of contact with water. 

There’s more to it, however. If you’re asking this question, it might be because you’ve noticed corrosion on your air conditioner and have concerns about whether this means the system needs air conditioning service Plattsburgh, NY. Or you may feel worried about the long-term service life of your air conditioner and want to know what you can do to prevent rust in the first place. 

We’ll look deeper into the issue of rust occurring in an AC below.

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Common Misunderstandings About Garbage Disposals

July 4th, 2022

The misunderstandings about garbage disposals start with the name—garbage disposals aren’t meant to handle actual garbage! These common, everyday devices found in most kitchens have many basic misconceptions swirling around them. Poor advice on the internet has made these errors more common: you’ll hear a piece of advice one way (always pour hot water down the drain when running the disposal) and then the other (nope, pour cold water down the disposal).

We want you to have a garbage disposal in Stowe, VT that runs flawlessly for years. To help, we’ve listed common misunderstandings about these devices. When you know the truth, you can take better care of your garbage disposal.

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